Just like the popular tile-matching game Tetris, you might assume that there are only so many ways in which you can improve the basic game mechanics in Pac-Man. But just like Tetris, Nintendo wants to prove you wrong. In the spirit of Tetris 99, Nintendo has just released PAC-MAN 99 that pits 99 players against each other in a race to become Pac-One, the last buck standing in an adrenaline-fueling game of pure mayhem.
Battle Royale games like Fortnite and PUBG might make you think of nearly a hundred Pac-Man chomping along a single “map”. That might have been interesting, but Nintendo found a way to keep the essence of the game the same while still making it messy like a battle royale. Each of the 99 players still gets their own “Board”, but in addition to racing against the Ghosts, players also get a chance to thwart others’ progress.
At the heart of the PAC-MAN 99 is the Jammer Pac-Man concept. Each ghost you successfully chomp on (after eating energy pellets, of course) is sent to the board of some random players as a “phantom” Pac-Man that slows down when you collide with it. Then there are “sleeping ghosts” that you can devour to create a trail of ghosts that will follow your horrific enemies.
Why do you want that, you ask? So when you nibble on those real ghosts, you send more Jammer Pac-Men to your competitors! As with any modern game, PAC-MAN 99 has its fair share of presets and power enhancements to keep you on your toes.
PAC-MAN 99 is now available For Nintendo Switch but only exclusive to Nintendo Switch Online subscribers. There are also paid DLC packs you can get to mix things up a bit and change the look of your game to look like Xevious or GALAGA game instead.